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Opposing Gun Violence

With two local events and others across the nation, the May 14 Million Mom March will likely send a message to lawmakers

by Tom Tugend

May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

On Mother's Day, May 14, they'll be rallying in Washington, Los Angeles and 38 other cities across the nation to demand concrete action against the gun violence that scars the face of America like a festering wound.

In the ranks of the Million Mom March will be mothers, "honorary" mothers, husbands, and their parents and children.

The families whose children were in the line of fire during the horrifying shooting spree last year at the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) will be in the vanguard of the march.

It was this attack by a lone gunman on Aug. 10 that shook the nation, triggered the concept of the Million Mom March, and has mobilized thousands of hitherto indifferent or half-hearted citizens.

"I'm going to Washington because I have to do it, I need to do it," says Donna Finkelstein, who will be accompanied by her 17-year-old daughter Mindy, one of five wounded in the JCC attack, a second daughter, and her husband David.

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